George Devlin (1937-2014)


(1937 – 2014)

Studied at Glasgow School of Art 1955-1960 where he won the premier awards and top national scholarships from the Royal Scottish Academy then studied extensively in Europe. Lived and worked in West Africa after crossing the Sahara. On returning, he taught composition in the Painting School of GSA from 1962. In 1964 elected RSW, awarded major Arts Council award 1968 before he set up his own painting school in 1969, which he later transferred to France.

In 1972 he presented a series on Art for Scottish Television, and in 1973 designed the set and costumes for the ballet, “Embers” toured by Scottish Ballet. Elected chairman of the Glasgow League of Artists in 1977, elected RGI in 1991, artist in residence at Dinan, France, also 1991. Elected president of Glasgow Art Club 1997, FRSA in 1999, ROI in 2004, and RBA in the same year. Elected ARWS in 2007. Artist in Residence, Collioure, 2008 and Isle of Lewis 2009. Five works used by La Poste to promote Val d’Oise (France ) 2007.

National Awards and Prizes Chalmers Prize 1958, Haldane Scholarship 1959, Carnegie Scholarship and Maclaine Watters medal 1960; Premier Arts Council Award 1968; Cargill award 1971; Gold Medal, ROI 2004; Vivis Award, RBA 2005; Scott Moore Prize, RWS 2007; Solsgirth Prize, Lauder Award, Arnold Clark Award.

Works in National Collections Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh; Scottish Arts Council; Aberdeen Art Gallery; Lillie Art Gallery, City of Dinan, France.

Major Commissions Outwith many private commissions in UK and abroad, the following: Portrait of Sir Alexander Cairncross (Glasgow University); Portrait of Professor Sir James Black (National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh); Four works aboard Cunard Liner Queen Mary 2; Portrait of the Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti.

Corporate Collections De Beers (South Africa and Switzerland); Robert Fleming Holdings; Dutch Water Board; London Stock Exchange; Arthur Andersen and Co; Scottish Television; Univerities of Leicester, Glasgow and Strathclyde, Essex, Dunbartonshire, Argyll and Tayside; Edinburgh City Collection; Royal Bank of Scotland; Clydesdale Bank; Lloyds TSB; Bank of Scotland; J. O. Hambro; Mason Owen; Dunedin Trust Management; Dumferline Building Society; Argyll Group; Scottish Friendly Society; United Distillers; Teachers Whisky; Edrington Group and Clan Donald Centre; Cunard (QM2), Dunbartonshire Educational Trust.

Private Collections Sir Tim Rice; Sir James Black; Earl Haig; Lord Maclay; Duke of Bedford and numerous collections in the UK and worldwide.

International Exhibitions Artis Gallery, New York ,European Painting, Tokyo and Kawasaki, Cleveland Drawing Biennale, International Watercolour (Bilbao), Holland Art Fair (The Hague), Centre D’Art Contemporaine (Paris), Ten Scottish Painters, Belfast, Four Contemporary Painters, Edinburgh Festival, Contemporary Scottish Painters (Arts Council), Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg and Cape Town, Museum Annexe, Hong Kong. GLA Show Calgary, Canada.

Selected Solo Shows Galleries Nestle and Mandragore (Paris); Robinsons (Singapore); Vrijthof (Maastricht); The Hague (solo show, 1988); Holly Snapp (Venice); Everard Read (Johannesburg 1999, 2001 and 2004); Portland Gallery (London 1991, 1994, 1996, 1998 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006); Scottish Gallery (Edinburgh 1969, 1972, 1995, 1997, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009); Billcliffe Gallery (Glasgow 1997, 2003, 2005, 2008); Whittington Fine Art (2008); Hinshelwood (Newcastle); Fosse (Stowe-in-the-Wold 1993, 2001); Macaulay Gallery(Stenton); Ceramics Exhibition Present Gallery (Lanark 1970); Sculptures and Etchings, Douglas and Foulis (Edinburgh 1972).

Publications Dictionary of Scottish Painters (Harris and Halsby); Scottish Watercolour Painting (Jack Firth); Vibrant Watercolours (Shirley Trevena); STV Series “I know what I like” (1972); Magazines: Artist Magazine; English Art; International Artist; House and Garden; Uptown, Herald Magazine; Scottish Field.

Silvery Dawn, Cavalaire

oil on board
49 x 54 cm